COVID-19

 

Committed to Serving You Today and Tomorrow

While the future continues to hold many unknowns, GreenStone is committed to providing a clear path of service, support and financial programs to support our customers.

 

 

Industry Updates and Member Resources:

 

COVID Update  - WI Branches Open By Appointment

 Safely Serving WI by Appointment

(Published 10/4/2020) As the pandemic evolves at different rates throughout our territory, our service remains focused on safely providing you with the tools and support you need. Based on recent recommendations, our Wisconsin team is available to assist you – now by appointment, phone or online. At this time, our Michigan branches remain open.

 

COVID-19 External Resources

State Coronavirus Employer Resources

(Published 8/26/2020) All employers need to stay up to date on the latest state rules and executive orders to be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from the coronavirus. Here are a few state resources to keep you informed and help support you and your employees.

 

 

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Additional $1.25 Million Available to Assist Michigan’s Small Farms Implement COVID-19 Safety Measures

(Updated 9/15/2020: The grant window is now expired) GreenStone to facilitate new application process to support Michigan's small farmers hit by the COVID-19 virus. As a result of high demand for the MI Agricultural Safety Grant program, and a clear need to help small farms mitigate risks of the COVID-19 virus in their operation, an additional $1.25 million is now available.

 

Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program

APPLY NOW! Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program

(Update 9/2/2020 - All grant funds have been awarded) Applications are being processed, on a first-come, first-served basis, for the $15 million in economic assistance allocated through grants for Michigan farms and agricultural processors to help mitigate risks of the COVID-19 virus across the state’s food production industry. GreenStone is facilitating the application process, helping to protect workers' safety

 

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PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Process

(Published 7/20/2020) Members who applied for their SBA PPP loan through GreenStone can now submit their PPP Loan Forgiveness application online. GreenStone is using a third-party vendor, Sageworks, to provide you simple and convenient service during this next phase. Use this information to submit your online application.

 

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OPEN for You - In branch and Online

(Published 6/29/2020) The impact of the Coronavirus continues to change, and we’ve changed too – with improved remote services and now reopened lobbies with precautions to safely serve you!

 

 

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Supporting Agriculture: SBA Paycheck Protection Program

(Updated 8/10/2020) The extended SBA PPP application deadline closed on Aug. 8, 2020. As such, SBA is no longer accepting PPP applications. After approving additional funding earlier in the year, the federal legislature had extended the deadline for loan applications, which is now past. GreenStone worked with many members to successfully submit applications through a streamlined, online process, and are now working with those members on the forgiveness process.

 

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USDA Supports Specialty Crops Producers with Direct Payments for Losses Due to COVID-19

(Published 5/20/2020) USDA announced it will provide up to $2.1 billion in direct payments to specialty crops producers. The payments will be based on losses where prices and market supply chains have been impacted from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year.

 

 

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Journey to SBA PPP Application Wave 2

(Published 4/24/2020) Our crash course into the SBA PPP process during the first wave of funding has us optimistic that our new, improved process will result in even more members getting the funding they need with the service experience they deserve.

 

 

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Economic Injury Disaster Loans

(Updated 5/4/2020) In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small businesses - including agricultural businesses - are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). SBA's EIDL portal reopened on May 4, 2020 to accept agricultural business applications. These loans are obtained directly from the SBA. Seek all the details and apply on SBA’s website.

 

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Dairy News and DRP Updates

(Published 4/8/2020) Take a look into the Dairy Revenue Protection program and GreenStone's DRP Analyzer Tool to help you mitigate risk in this tough time, and learn about NMPF and IDFA proposed milk crisis plan.

 

 

 

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IRS Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Answers, State Updates & Stimulus Information

(Published 3/30/2020) To help you in your tax planning, we’ve outlined additional information related to the recently announced federal filing extension to July 15, 2020.

 

 

 

 

GreenStone Updates and Member Service Solutions:

 

Staying Secure While Staying Home

Staying Secure While Staying at Home

(Published 3/26/2020) Crisis situations bring out the best and worst in people, and our current pandemic has produced a few coronavirus-related scams you should be aware of to keep yourself secure. Scammers may attempt to impersonate a bank or local organization to steal personal information or property from you. Use these tips to practice extra precaution while in this “stay home” situation.

 

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Committed to Members: Agriculture Disaster Loan Origination Program, Interest Rate Options, Customized Solutions

(Published 3/25/2020) GreenStone is working individually with customers experiencing economic hardships. In partnership with the State of Michigan, GreenStone is helping facilitate the Agriculture Disaster Loan Origination Program that may fund up to $300,000,000 of low interest loans for farmers who suffered heavy crop losses last year.

All GreenStone members have the opportunity to take advantage of low interest rates through loan interest rate conversion option that does not require a full refinance process.  

We are sensitive to each member’s individual situation and are working with members through today’s uncertainties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic to develop individualized financial solutions, including short-term payment adjustments among others.

 

GreenStone continues to serve customers and provides updates during COVID19 outbreak.

Serving our Tax and Accounting Customers during Changing Times

(Published 3/23/2020) Following Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Trump's federal tax relief announcement, we are providing you specific information related to your tax, accounting, and payroll services with GreenStone. Our employees are working remotely from home and we have established procedures to ensure the delivery of your tax, accounting and payroll needs continues. Your tax accountant may contact you to take advantage of the announced federal tax extension, especially if you have taxes due, as it represents a 90 day relief from making tax payments.

 

With the health and safety for both our customers and employees top of mind, GreenStone Farm Credit Services will be closing all branch and office locations due to the increased risk surrounding COVID-19.  We are available to continue serving our members remotely until further notice.

GreenStone Buildings to Close, Business is Open

(Published 3/20/2020) To protect the health of our customers and our employees, and in recognition of local and national recommendations, GreenStone is taking steps and using the full breadth of our technology and tools to safely serve your needs remotely. Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, GreenStone will be ‘open’ for business with our staff working remotely, but our office buildings will be temporarily closed.

 

GreenStone supports our rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services

CEO Message: Committed to Working With You!

(Published 3/18/2020) We recognize the scope of our responsibility to our customers – to support our rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. While the weeks and months ahead hold many unknowns, we are committed to providing a clear path of service and support to both our customers and employees.

 

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GreenStone Cares About Your Health and Well-Being

(Published 3/13/2020) As we monitor the development of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and all new and ongoing health concerns, we continue to take precautions focused on the priorities of the health of our employees and customers, along with the continual ability to serve customers’ needs. We have steps in place to avoid potential disruptions to serving our customers should additional precautions be necessary.

 

 

External Resources:

 

COVID-19 External Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

-- Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan 

-- The USDA’s COVID-19 page aggregates information from across the department at usda.gov/coronavirus.

-- The Farm Service Agency has more specific information about its direct and guaranteed loan programs, and other farm and conservation programs, at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

-- USDA Rural Development is posting updates about its programs at rd.usda.gov/coronavirus.

 

 

 

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COVID-19 Resources and Updates; Wisconsin Branches Open by Appointment

We are committed to providing a clear path of service and financial programs to support our customers. Following safety recommendations, Wisconsin branches are open by appointmentMichigan branches remain open to customers following safety measures. Find all COVID-19 updates by clicking here.